3011 Buford Highway, Atlanta
A fiesta in a mall setting
Right on the corner where Chamblee and Brookhaven meet, Plaza Fiesta is a hub for festive diversity. Naturally, some of this has to do with food, but it's also a lavish shopping spot with 280 retail and specialty stores. Handbags, quinceanera dresses, village artisan handcrafts -- that's all here. Don't feel like shopping? The Plaza is a swell place to wile away rainy days with the kids. It's got an indoor playground worthy of Chuck E. Cheese and an all ages video arcade you'll hate to leave.
4166 Buford Highway, Atlanta
Friday and Saturday night until 2 a.m., Funtime Bowl on Buford Highway sets up the glow lanes, black lights and dancing music. The idea's not new but boogieing down in your bowling shoes is always a hoot.
3285 Buford Highway, Atlanta
Historical and dramatic moments
An edgy community theater and a reverent community history museum? That's a combination you'd expect from the Buford Community Center and it delivers. Live theater, like "I Hate Hamlet" from the resident troupe, is on the schedule for the stage. That's also where you can enjoy shows as varied as singers doings Sinatra and " Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama."
On the ground floor of the same building, check out where this melting pot began at the Buford History Museum. The library contains a fascinating collection of Georgia memorabilia and history books and documents. You might even find out why Buford was once known as the Leather City and what Buford teens from 1951 thought about dating and sex.
Buford Community Center
2200 Buford Highway, Buford